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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 21

Nicholas did not get better, from his illness he had last week, actually he got worse.  He went to the doctor on Tuesday and got some antibiotics for an ear infection.  Wednesday he was doing much better, thankfully.  Weeks ago I had signed him up for the ACT on Saturday.  Being sick for two weeks he did not have an opportunity to prepare at all, but I told him we would consider it a practice test and just to do his best. He made it through and we get the results in a few weeks.

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 21

Bible: We continued in our study of Know Who You Are, Live Like it Matters.

Poetry:Continued working on First Snow by Marie Louise Allen.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of Off the Edge of the Map on Merriwether Lewis.

Geography: Our geography lesson this week was on Ghana.

History: We watched episode 1 of Drive Thru History Ancient History and read chapter 23 of America's Story on the Trail of Tears and Slavery.

Science: We read an Usborne book on bats and wrote a paragraph on bats.  Our 4 H meeting also counts as science.

Art:  We did not do an art project this week, but I am on a review for Super Beads from Zirrly.  Lily, Emmie, and Christian spent several hours Saturday afternoon making creations from the beads.

Math: 4 lessons completed in MLFLE and Christian completed several pages in Math Mammoth.

Language Arts: Lily finished the capitalization section in her daily grammar.  Christian and Anthony finished the section on Charlotte's Web in Readers in Residence.

Spelling/Reading:  Christian and Anthony finished Step 3 in AAS Level 5.  Lily completed lesson 20 and 21 in AAR Level 4 and Emmie completed lesson 35 in AAR Level 1.

Other Activities this Week

Monday We had a 4 H meeting with a Winter STEM theme.

Tuesday Lily had gymnastics.  Emmie is going to try and do some things at gymnastics next week.

Wednesday We had Kid's Club.

Thursday Lily had piano and both girls had ballet.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Nature Seekers 4 H Meeting

The theme of this month's meeting was Winter STEM activities.  I had four activities planned but we only had time to do three of them.

Our first activity was snowstorm in a jar.  This was really easy to do.  We filled a jay 3/4 with baby oil.  In a separate bowl we added a teaspoon of white paint to a cup of water and stirred and then added the paint water to the jar.  Next we were supposed to add a pinch of glitter, but if you know me, you know I do NOT do loose glitter, so we left that out.  We added three drops of blue food coloring, and then a broken alka seltzer tablet. 

Our next activity was to make homemade snow.  The recipe was 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup white hair conditioner.  This was really easy and it worked!  It felt kind of cold, looked like snow, and the children could make some some snowballs and snowman out of it.

Last we made snow structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks.  I thought they would build igloos, but they had some other ideas.  I was impressed with what they came up with!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 20

 Monday morning I was thinking out loud and said something like, "What should we start with this week?" Christian said we should take a hike.  Well, that sounds like a great idea, there is a trail not far from here I would like to hike, but....Emmie has a broken toe, the weather was not fabulous, and Nick woke up not feeling well.  He stayed home from his class at school Monday and Tuesday and was much better Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but was worse again Saturday and Sunday.  I hope he feels better by tomorrow.  Anyway, that hike may have to wait a couple of weeks.....

Bible: We are continuing our study of Know Who You Are, Live Like it Matters.

Poetry: We started working on a new poem called First Snow by Marie Louise Allen.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of Off the Edge of the Map. 

Apparently listening to me read put Liam to sleep.

Geography: This week in geography our country of study was Tanzania.

History: We watched the last two episodes of Drive Thru History, American History and read Chapter 22 of America's Story on The Industrial Revolution.

Science: We built and started driving an R2D2 robot kit I bought called Little Bits Droid Inventor Kit.

Art: We did the Owl from Bali from ArtAchieve.

Math: They did 4 lessons in MLFLE except for Christian who did several pages in his Math Mammoth workbook.

Language Arts: They finally finished reading Charlotte's Web, but still have several lessons to complete on the book.  Lily did 4 lessons in daily grammar.

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed step 2 in AAS Level 5.  Lily completed lesson 19 in AAR Level 4 and Emmie completed lesson 34 in AAR Level 1.

Other Activities this Week:
Tuesday Lily went to gymnastics.  Emmie sat and watched and watched  a movie on my phone.

Wednesday we had Kid's Club.

Thursday Lily had piano.  And then it was the day Emmie has been waiting for forever!  The first day of Ballet.  It went well even with a broken toe.  She did fine and did not complain of anything bothering her even though a few times earlier in the week she had some cramps in her toe. She and Lily both had a good time.

Friday after grocery shopping we went and seasoned meat for the 4 H BBQ Bowl fundraiser.

Spring is coming and hopefully all the sickness will leave with winter weather!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Books We Read in January

I'm trying to keep a log of books we have read.  So I thought a great way to keep track would be to blog about it.  I will not be able to include every single book we read, especially when it comes to picture books that I read to the girls.  I also will not able to record how many times I have read certain books aloud (can I admit that I can't wait for Amelia Bedelia to be due back at the library so I no longer have to read that one), but I am going to do my best to record most of our books books.  I do not read every book before my children read them and you may have different opinions about whether or not some things would be ok for your child to read.  I try to read about every books before Some of these we have just started and will carry over into February

Read Alouds for January:

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D Edmonds
Meriwether Lewis Off the Edge of the Map by Janet and Geoff  Benge

The Green Ember by S.D Smith
Ember Falls by S.D. Smith

Picture Books:

Owl Moon
Amelia Bedelia
Dr. Desoto
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colando
Horton Hears a Who Dr. Suess
Ballet Star
Joseph Had an Overcoat

Lily's Books

Circle C Beginnings by Susan K Marlow (this is a series that she has read before and is rereading)
The Stolen Sapphire A Samantha Mystery by Sarah Masters Buckey
Meet Josefina (American Girl) 
Josefina's Surprise (American Girl)

Christian's Books

Voyage of the Dawn Treader C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair C.S. Lewis
 The Last Battle C.S. Lewis
 Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Charlotte's Web E.B. White (school assignment)

Anthony's Books

How to Train Your Dragon How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell
Voyage of the Dawn Treader C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle C.S. Lewis
Charlotte's Web (school assignment)

Alex's Books

Brother Band Chronicles Books 1,2, and 3 by John Flanagan

Nick's Books

The Art of War by Sun Tzo (school assignment)

Mom's Books

Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer
In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer
The Mercy Falls Collection (The Lightkeeper's Daughter, The Lightkeeper's Bride, The Lightkeeper's Ball) by Colleen Coble
The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 19

A storm, shoes, and another fever.

Arkansas has some crazy weather.  Last week we had a little bit of snow and some very cold temperatures.  Sunday it was really nice outside but we had a chance of storms and severe weather.  A chance that turned into a tornado warning at 10:30 that night.  Ironically my phone did not alert and neither did Art's or Alex's, but Nick's did.  I was awake and watching the weather outside and did not feel like I needed to wake the children.  We did not have any storm damage except for a piece of siding that blew off the house, and one of the rabbits were almost impaled.  A tree branch blew down in such a way that it stuck into the hutch.  The bunny was not hurt and Nick was able to patch the roof of the hutch.

Monday it was still really windy, which made for a great day for kite flying.

Emmie with her broken toe had no shoes that would fit on her feet.  I may have mentioned that she had to wear slippers to church on Sunday.  We went to Walmart looking for something that she could wear and they did not have anything at all.  She was fine wearing slippers in the house, but when we had to go out of the house, she had to be carried and I really, really wanted to find her some shoes.  We went to the shoe store in town in Tuesday and I explained the situation to the lady and she said that her sandals had just started coming in.  She did not have a huge selection, but we were able to find some that could strap on to her feet and by buying a size bigger could accommodate for the swelling.  We were so happy and thankful to find some shoes she could wear!  As the week went on and the swelling went down more, her mobility started to get much better.

Tuesday Lily had gymnastics and Emmie sat and watched Finding Dory on my phone.

Wednesday we had Kid's Club.  We made sock owls in craft because the lesson theme was God Gives Us Wisdom, which interestingly went along with our nature study at home.

Wednesday night, Lily had fever and sore throat.  The fever broke the next morning, but she still had stuffy nose and sore throat.  I did not let her go to piano Thursday (that makes two weeks in a row that we have missed.)  That left me with an hour and a half completely alone in town Thursday afternoon.  It was very strange to be all by myself.  It was a beautiful day so I went to the park and walked a few miles.

Lily was a little bored and excited to get these to review in the mail!

Week 19 in our Homeschool

Bible: We read 5 lessons in Know Who You Are, Live Like it Matters

Read Aloud: We read three chapters of YWAM Publishings Meriwether Lewis Off the Edge of the Map.

Geography: This week in Let's Go Geography we learned about Libya.

History: In America's Story we read about the war of 1812.  We also watched an episode of Drive Thru History American History.

Nature Study: We started the topic of owls last week but didn't get to finish it when we lost a school day.  So this week we continued.  I read a book about owls.  I'd love to tell you the title but one of the children has walked off with it.  It is an Usborne book.  I had a coloring sheet for the girls to color while I read.  After I finished reading they worked on a notebooking page writing a paragraph about owls.

Art: We were going to do The Owl from Bali art project from ArtAchieve, but did not make time for it.  I will count the Sahara Desert Scene we did to go along with our geography as our art project for this week.

Lily and Emmie did quite a few projects from one of my art books Monday afternoon.

Math: Christian is working through his Math Mammoth book on multiplication.  The others did 4 lessons in MLFLE.

Language Arts: Lily completed 3 daily grammar lessons and the boys did 4 lessons in Readers in Residence.  It feels like we have been on Charlotte's Web forever!

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed step 26 of AAS Level 4 and Step 1 of AAS Level 5.  Lily completed lesson 18 of AAR Level 4.  I did not have her do the next lesson because she would have needed to read the story aloud and had a sore throat.  Emmie did several lessons in Reading Eggs.

Liam is now crawling and pulling himself up and letting go.  He is only 7 months.  He also got his first tooth.  We did not get to see him last week because of weather and he had a double ear infection. When I saw him on Monday for a little while he was very happy to see me!

And of course when he is here he is surrounded by the children all the time!

Anthony made a robot with his newest Tinker Crate kit on Saturday.

I have no idea why Christian was dressed as Spider Man Saturday night, but he was!

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!